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Teaching TEE in Southern Africa
October 3, 2015 4:27 pm
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IMG_1008 I took Ben with me to my Macua language helper’s house during his school vacation in April, to play with her children while I studied with her.  Unfortunately, a sharp rock attacked him while they were playing tag and required five stitches.  The wound should have been stitched on the inside first, then the outside, but the wound care here tends to be of a “field” variety – get it done quick – rather than a plastic surgeon approach.  It took a long time to heal, and Ben now has a really nasty scar that is more than 1/2 inch wide.  IMG_4496He slept on the treadmill in our room the first night so we could hear if he needed help getting up – very convenient for draping the necessary mosquito net!
My language helper felt awful about the whole thing and dutifully visited Ben at our home the next day, bringing him a package of cookies.  In Macua culture, this is absolutely necessary – if someone is harmed at your home or due to anything you do, it is your responsibility to follow their care closely and offer whatever treats and/or assistance you can, even if it is not your fault.  -C

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